How to Create Flare Effects in Photoshop
Md Abdul Hashib
Here, you will learn on how to create flare effects in Photoshop. I hope it will help you both the beginner and advanced level of students in a great deal.
Create a new document. Click Ctrl + I to set the background black. Select lens flare by going to filter> render> lens flare from above the toolbar. Select ‘movie prime’ from four different options from there. Shift + Ctrl + U to remove the color that is there because it is not needed. Click image> adjustments> invert from the toolbar. It will make the flare black and background white. Grab the gradient tool from the side toolbar. Make sure that linear gradient is used and select the foreground color as white. Draw a gradient from left and right side as well as top and bottom to give a bit of fade.
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Go to edit> brush preset from the above toolbar. Name it as of your choice. Here it is named as ‘movie prime flare.’ Go back to the document that is created earlier. Create a new layer. Click the eraser tool and select the very last brush that is there. Change the behavior of the brush by simply selecting brush from the window. Make some adjustments there which will suit the work of yours. Press Ctrl + T to free transform. Select ‘warp’ by simply right click from the object. Play with it to create something interesting which can be used as an abstract background design element. Create a new layer over the background layer. Grab the gradient tool and select purple as foreground color and add couple of gradient in the layer 1. Change the blending mode of new layer from normal to overlay. Duplicate the layer couple of time. That sums up the whole process.
I hope that it will help you and from now on, hopefully you will create more and more flare effects like this and be an expert in this field in the future.